Learning informally on the job : reflections from the coalface : a case study of a municipal water reticulation depot in the City of Cape Town

 

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dc.contributor.author Van Niekerk, Sandra Elizabeth en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-08T05:13:55Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-08T05:13:55Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Van Niekerk, S. 2010. Learning informally on the job : reflections from the coalface : a case study of a municipal water reticulation depot in the City of Cape Town. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14755
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 89-95). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This dissertation explores questions relating to informal learning by workers in a municipal workplace. It aims to understand what knowledge workers have about their work, how they have learnt what they know, the context within which learning happens and how power relations impact on the learning process. The study seeks to foreground the knowledge of workers in a context where such knowledge is generally ignored or devalued. The study draws on the literature on workplace learning that recognizes learning as a socially situated process. It makes use of the conceptual framework of situated learning, but draws on various critiques of this conceptual framework as a way of deepening the analysis. The research adopted a case study methodology as I was interested in exploring detail and depth in a specific context. Data collection involved mainly observations of workers at work and informal interviews in the field, and these were supplemented by semi-structured interviews. The findings indicated that much informal learning about work takes place amongst workers in a work team, largely through modelling, but that this learning is shaped by power relations between workers. The findings show also that workers' learning, and their perceptions of their learning, have been impacted on by moves towards the formalization of learning. In the context of the pervasive emphasis on formal training and qualifications, studies which focus on workers' informal learning are an important counter-balance in the workplace learning research field. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Informal Education en_ZA
dc.title Learning informally on the job : reflections from the coalface : a case study of a municipal water reticulation depot in the City of Cape Town en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department School of Education en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MPhil en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Van Niekerk, S. E. (2010). <i>Learning informally on the job : reflections from the coalface : a case study of a municipal water reticulation depot in the City of Cape Town</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,School of Education. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14755 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Van Niekerk, Sandra Elizabeth. <i>"Learning informally on the job : reflections from the coalface : a case study of a municipal water reticulation depot in the City of Cape Town."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,School of Education, 2010. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14755 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Van Niekerk SE. Learning informally on the job : reflections from the coalface : a case study of a municipal water reticulation depot in the City of Cape Town. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,School of Education, 2010 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14755 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Van Niekerk, Sandra Elizabeth AB - This dissertation explores questions relating to informal learning by workers in a municipal workplace. It aims to understand what knowledge workers have about their work, how they have learnt what they know, the context within which learning happens and how power relations impact on the learning process. The study seeks to foreground the knowledge of workers in a context where such knowledge is generally ignored or devalued. The study draws on the literature on workplace learning that recognizes learning as a socially situated process. It makes use of the conceptual framework of situated learning, but draws on various critiques of this conceptual framework as a way of deepening the analysis. The research adopted a case study methodology as I was interested in exploring detail and depth in a specific context. Data collection involved mainly observations of workers at work and informal interviews in the field, and these were supplemented by semi-structured interviews. The findings indicated that much informal learning about work takes place amongst workers in a work team, largely through modelling, but that this learning is shaped by power relations between workers. The findings show also that workers' learning, and their perceptions of their learning, have been impacted on by moves towards the formalization of learning. In the context of the pervasive emphasis on formal training and qualifications, studies which focus on workers' informal learning are an important counter-balance in the workplace learning research field. DA - 2010 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2010 T1 - Learning informally on the job : reflections from the coalface : a case study of a municipal water reticulation depot in the City of Cape Town TI - Learning informally on the job : reflections from the coalface : a case study of a municipal water reticulation depot in the City of Cape Town UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14755 ER - en_ZA


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